On May 25, Mason Middle School paraprofessional Amy Emmert was awarded the “Spirit of the Comet” honor - a district award that recognizes Mason staffers who appreciate the synergy of being on a team. Dr. Gail Kist-Kline presented Emmert with the award during the district’s end of the year awards breakfast, and read a moving email from MMS science teacher Renee McCord that sparked the honor.
"Year after year, Amy takes the effort, time, and creativity to be that bridge for Grace in the typical classroom. From designing a new and improved computer cart, IT troubleshooting, brainstorming with me creative ways to structure a labs for Grace, IEP meetings, attending functions for Grace outside the school day year after year, Amy can ALWAYS be counted on to be a TEAM member in order to make Grace's experience at school amazing. Amy shows such a level of selflessness, pride, and is a prime example of being a true Mason Comet. I am so honored to work with not only her but Grace each and every day. I just didn't want to let this year go by and not give her a HUGE shout out that she deserves."
Emmert has worked alongside Mason student Grace Bagadiong for the last eight years. Grace's mom, Cherie Bagadiong, shared on the district's Facebook page, "Our family is beyond grateful and thrilled with the amazing progress Grace has made in school, mostly due to Amy's hard work and dedication to Grace. I'm so happy to see Amy be officially recognized in this capacity. Congratulations, Amy!! You know how much you mean to Grace and all of us."
Amy was moved by the recognition, and responded to the large amounts of well-wishes and "likes" on the district's post with the following, "Dear friends, words cannot express how grateful I am for your recognition today. I have thought about all the people who have touched my life through the years. Those that I worked closely with and those who gave an encouraging word, a smile, held a door, or parted the Red Sea of students as our little "train" rolled down the hallway. I truly am humbled and realize I would not be in this position today if it weren't for each of you! You have enriched my life and I hold a little part of you in my heart as we pass from teacher to teacher, grade to grade, and building to building. Today I celebrate and applaud each of you. The Spirit of the Comet lives in all of us!